Saturday, June 16, 2007

A little biscuit fiddle

In the summer of 1983, my aunt and I drove cross-country, and we stopped off in Minneapolis to go watch a real live radio show in action. A Prairie Home Companion was not quite the phenomenon it is now (having a movie version and all), but it was pretty popular amongst the NPR listeners, especially those that actually listened to radio shows growing up. As fun as it is to listen to this show, it’s even better watching it. You feel like you’re part of some inner circle, that you’re privileged to get the real scoop on what’s happening during the show. There’s a connection made between the performers and the audience, just like any live performance. Whether that connection gets made when you’re watching a DVD is doubtful, but that doesn’t matter. A Prairie Home Collection: great moments from the original radio show is so much fun to watch, especially if you’re already a fan. There’s a nice mixture of skits and musical performances, and the obligatory update on what’s going in this quiet week in Lake Wobegon. So fire up the DVD player, and drift away to a kinder, gentler place where all the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and the children are above average.

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